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Car and Driver: Hot Wheels Infinitum: Video Utilizes GoPro, Gravity to Create Extended Hot Wheels Run [Video]


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LOOPLike most kids of the pre-Nintendo era, the closest thing my juvenile crew could get to an actual automotive experience on a budget involved Hot Wheels scale die-cast cars. Sure there was always that one legendary kid who pinched mom’s keys and took the family Pacer for a spin around the ‘burbs, but for the rest of us the motoring action revolved around Mattel’s surprisingly detailed Hot Wheels cars and the iconic plastic orange track they ran on. The only downside was the fun was metered out in two and three second bursts, and we wanted a forever ride. Problem was, most kids could only cobble together enough sections of track to run a circuit from the dining room table to the TV room, maybe with a loop thrown in on the kitchen section just to torture the cat. Unfortunately, the ride was just never long enough to satiate our need-for-scale-model-speed. Resourceful types would recruit the neighborhood gentry to combine their sets to create the extended tracks of our dreams, often running down several sets of stairs and out into the lawn. Unfortunately, those collaborations often ended in property disputes at the end of the day, inevitably ending in time-honored tradition of smacking each other with track sections.


That’s where 5MadMovieMakers come in. In stroke of analog/digital genius, the crew combines creatively placed sections of Hot Wheels track connected with “teleporting tunnels,” which double as covers for editing sections together. Other than than that, the two-minute run is pure gravity-fueled, zen-inducing analog glory. Sure the edits are obvious, but c’mon, who has that much track?


The 5MadMovieMakers have been at it for a few years now, and this video is just the latest one to hit the Internet. And don’t fret if Hot Wheels aren’t your thing: The 5MadMovieMakers is multi-medium organization, also working with LEGO, K’NEX, Quercetti Skyrail, among others.


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